You will love the aroma of this ham baking! It’s sweet, full of herbs and spices, and basted in beer.
Cajun Beer-Basted Smoked Ham
1 smoked ham (about 10-12 pounds)
5 Bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 cinnamon stick (about 3 inches)
1 large onion studded with 3 cloves
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup dry mustard
1/4 cup honey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons beer
1. Heat ham, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon stick, and onion in water to cover in large stockpot to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, until ham is tender, 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Cool ham in broth to room temperature.
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove ham from pot; discard cooking liquid. Remove skin from ham; trim fat, leaving a 1/4-inch layer. Score fat; stud with whole cloves. Place ham, fat side up, in large roasting pan. Mix sugar, mustard, honey, garlic, and 2 Tablespoons of the beer in small bowl; spread mixture over ham. Bake, basting with remaining 1 cup of beer, every 15 minutes, until ham is golden, about 1 hour. Makes 10-12 servings.